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Moily says Kasab will be hanged within a year

May 11, 2010 06:41 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, sentenced to death in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case, will be hanged within a year. Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily in an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN said that if Kasab appealed against his death sentence then it would be fast tracked and the Pakistani terrorist would be hanged in a year's time.

"Even if the case goes in appeal, it will and should be fast tracked. Kasab will be hanged in next one year. He committed a barbaric act in front of so many witnesses," Moily said on Tuesday.

Union Home Secretary GK Pillai has also said that Kasab will be hanged this year.

"It all depends whether he is going to file appeal in the High Court and the Supreme Court and then the mercy petition. So, it all depends on him. If he doesn't file any appeal anywhere, I think the chances of him getting hanged this year are quite high," Pillai said.

The Congress has also made it clear that there is no reason why Kasab's death sentence would be delayed as the queue is not set in stone.

"As far as Kasab's case is concerned there is a difference from other cases. In Kasab's case queue is not cast in stone. This if we assume that Kasab reaches the clemency line," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi had said on May 7.

Kasab was sentenced to death on May 7 for the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Special Judge ML Tahaliyani gave the 22-year-old terrorist death sentence on five counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, waging war against the country, abetting murder and indulging in terrorist activities.

He joined 308 other convicts, lodged in various jails in India, awaiting execution.

The November 26-29, 2008 terror attack, which left 166 people dead and 244 injured, was carried out by 10 Pakistani terrorists belong to Lashkar-e-Toiba, including Kasab.

Kasab was the one attacker caught alive while all the other nine terrorists were killed by the security forces.